Goethe-Institut examinations set the global standard in German language proficiency testing, and passing certificates are accepted by employers and higher education institutions across the German-speaking world. Goethe-Institut examinations correspond to the levels set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for native-level speakers. Each exam consists of four portions: writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

Learn more about these exams here.

The German faculty offers exams at the levels A1 – B1. You do not need to be enrolled at OSU to take these tests. All tests take place in person.

For further information email Dr. Sebastian Heiduschke


Exam dates in 2024:

  • June 8, September 28

On exam day:

  • Please arrive no later than 9:45 am at Kidder Hall. If the doors are open, follow the signs to The Little Gallery (Room 210) and wait at the study tables next to the elevator. If the doors are locked, wait at the north entrance of Kidder Hall, facing the library quad. We will pick you up from there and escort you to the testing room.
  • Tests may run the entire day, regardless of the examination times you received during your registration. Parking is free on the OSU Campus on Saturdays. The best parking lot is on Campus Way, east of 14th Street, a five-minute walk from Kidder Hall.

Registration deadlines:
April 28 for tests in June, September 17 for tests in September.
Exam cost and registration (all prices subject to change):

  • Start Deutsch A1 ($190) - register here
  • A2 ($210) - register here
  • B1 ($250 for the entire test, single modules start at $120) - register here
  • B2 ($270 for the entire test, single modules start at $130) - register here